Do Victoria Secret Angels objectify women?
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Do Victoria Secret Angels objectify women?

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Some say the Victoria Secret Angels embody sexy. The lingerie models have been strutting the runway for the Victoria Secret brand since 1995 and are no strangers to controversy. This time around the models are claiming their space in the era of #MeToo. The Angels say spreading their "wings" in lingerie at the world's most-watched fashion show is "definitely empowering," especially in a post-Harvey Weinstein era. Do VS Angels empower or objectify women?

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Some say you can't empower women and wear lingerie at the same time, but VS Angels say that just isn't true. The models gathered together for the launch party of photographer Russell James' new book, "Backstage Secrets: A Decade Behind the Scenes at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show." VS Angel Sara Sampaio spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how empowering the angels are in their panties and bras. 

"The Victoria's Secret Angels are a group of so many different women from so many different countries coming together and saying, 'I'm not ashamed of who I am. I'm doing what I want. I like to be sexy. I like to feel sexy.' That's a powerful tool as well," she continued. "We should not have to stop being who we are or hide our sexiness just to be taken seriously."

Verily Mag's Cate Jefferies describes the runway show as a joke. 

I didn’t expect much going into it. After all, this is 2017. Watching size-0, genetically blessed women peacock down a stage in panties is not exactly de rigueur in our current cultural climate of unprecedented sexual assault allegations and stark uncertainty regarding gender equality and women’s rights. But when I watched it, I didn’t feel upset over the absurdity of the whole thing (reportedly more than $26 million was spent on the Shanghai spectacle). Rather, I felt it was sort of laughable. Honestly, that this much hype is still created around a glorified beauty pageant is beyond me (not to mention the zany feathers and pom-poms or half-witted attempts to celebrate the Chinese culture). But then I heard how others were reacting, and I realized that it’s not funny at all—it’s an all-too-clear sign that the so-called “body positivity” about which we endlessly speak is an idea not yet realized.
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